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  1. Update: just a little more confirmation of hospice as the right decision - although we have crying moments, my wife seems to feel better about things right now. She seems to smile a little more now and perhaps she is settling in with the decision a little better than me. Temps were in the forties this morning (east tennessee) when we got up at 5:00 AM. My wife asked me to make a fire and we drank coffee and talked about life and the things we have done together ... It was an incredible moment for me ... I guess I am sharing this to let folks know a spouse can get comfortable with end of l
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  2. catlady91

    A Possible Cure?

    I'm sure you will live for a long time GaryG šŸ˜ƒ. You seem like you have a strong will to live and that in itself is part of the piece of the puzzle to helping fight cancer.
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  3. Thanks for sharing this, Steve. I'm sure it will be reassuring to others to know they can have some really meaningful time with their loved ones after the shift in focus to comfort care. I hope you have many more together and can build some wonderful memories.
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  4. Steve, I know it how difficult this decision was to make. I hope you will take advantage of all the services hospice offers. Not just medical and palliative care, but other support, including spiritual even if you're not religious. These people can be such a comfort and they have seen it all. Your hospice social worker can help with all their resources. Hospice will also provide all accessories your wife might need, like a hospital bed and shower chair. Just ask and they should deliver to you. My 98 YO father has been under hospice care for more than a year now and he has improved, even
    2 points
  5. GaryG

    A Possible Cure?

    Jack: Thank you for sharing. Agree we are close. We need a federal budget to finance a data center to record all cancer patient info, analyze what worked and what did not work and provide information back the scientists. Too much fragmentation and lack of sharing makes beating cancer difficult. I hope to survive few more years till that happens.
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  6. jack14

    A Possible Cure?

    With more research taking place than ever before, into the secrets of human immunology, I suspect that we will see a cure to cancer as well as many other diseases. And this research is taking place at an unprecedented rate, using technologies and resources never before seen. I think we have a lot to be optimistic about!
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  7. So sorry to hear about your dad. While no advise in this situation is full proof unless one had first hand experience, you might seek a second opinion. You have to send your dad's records to a different institution and even your oncologist might help with process if it is not his specialty. Best of luck.
    2 points
  8. My mum is doing incredibly well. Apart from immunotherapy side effects which are normal, her doctor said that her response to treatment has been excellent. She went to the hospital on Friday about the steroids for her inflammation from immunotherapy- she saw another doctor who on the team who confirmed that her scan was excellent and she couldn't even see the tiny remaining bit of tumour. She said that such a good response so soon isn't common and that my mum's exemplary. This is fantastic but fears creep in the back of my mind. What if my mum is NED and then the cancer comes back as smal
    2 points
  9. Rower Michelle

    Scanziety...

    We can certainly come up with one! Generally we simply say WAITING SUCKS. So along that line... WUCKS?? Open to suggestions..... I hear you loud and clear. Iā€™m due for labs tomorrow at 1pm... results with doc on Wednesday, never know when something screwy is going to pop up.
    1 point
  10. This forum for US Veterans is rarely used so I wanted to hear from other veterans about their cancer. Veterans that are just perusing the forum may stop at this sub group first and might be encouraged by finding others on the forum. The idea came to me when Adam Shake recently joined and mentioned he was a 15 year veteran; a combat veteran to boot. I was fortunate not to have to serve in combat. I have a huge respect for those veterans that had to experience combat. I served a 3 year hitch in the Marine Corps from Feb 1976 to Feb 1979 and was a reservist for a couple of years after.
    1 point
  11. Hi Steve, and thank you for posting. And thank you for YOUR service. I'm glad to see activity in the Veteran section of the forum. A little update since I posted.... My brain mri came back and the good news is that I've got nothing going on up there. Laugh! My pet scan came back and my kidneys, liver, pancreas... is clear. This is great news. The bad news is that it's in upper lymph nodes and one lymph and one adrenal node in my pelvic area as well as wrapped around the c4 vertebrae in my neck, in addition to the three tumors in my chest. I get my chest port this week and start chemo
    1 point
  12. catlady91

    A Possible Cure?

    Thank you so much for sharing Jack14. It seems like researchers are really getting somewhere in curing and treating cancer. I really hope that this will be the decade for big advances in treating cancer. Anything is possible. AIDS and HIV were death sentences but now people can not only live with it but lead healthy, long and high-quality lives. Cancer is going that way it seems. Before stage 4 cancer was a death sentence but now some people are living with stage 4 cancer for many years. Let's hope that this becomes a possibility for the majority of people with cancer; even better being able t
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  13. I also want to thank you for sharing this. I hope some stress will be relieved for both of you by not having to worry about how/whether treatment is working or what side effects it may cause. on Focusing on comfort and getting the support of hospice workers may help to make your time together more meaningful. I wish both of you comfort and peace. Bridget O
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  15. GaryG

    Flue shot

    Thank you Tom. That was very helpful. Gary
    1 point
  16. jack14

    Keytruda

    Thanks Gary I hope you are doing well too?
    1 point
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